SALTWATER AKOYA PEARL BRACELET WITH 9CT GOLD CLASP
Beautifully matched, these individually knotted pearls are grown from the Akoya mollusc in Japan. 6-6.5mm in diameter, with a stunning lustre and an Art Deco style, 9ct gold clasp.
It is amazing to think how nature can turn an unwanted grain of sand into one of the most gorgeous gems in the world. A Pearl is one of just a handful of organic gems (the other well-known ones being Coral, Amber and Jet).
If a foreign object, such as a grain of sand, enters a mollusc it becomes an irritant to the creature inside, so in order to protect itself, it releases a silky substance, known as nacre, to cover the uninvited guest.
It may be a very beautiful thought to think natural Pearls form in the sea and are discovered when divers find them at the bottom of the ocean, but at what expense are we retrieving this treasure? Diving for Pearls is destructive for the Coral and the sea life alike, therefore it has been prohibited in many seas for this reason. Cultured Pearls, on the other hand, refer to Pearls that are grown in environmentally- friendly Pearl farms. Simply put, a cultured Pearl is one that is grown under supervision, and not one that is taken from natural surroundings.
When cared for properly, Pearls will last a lifetime. It is recommended to wear them often as the body’s natural oils help maintain Pearl’s orient, but it is also advisable to keep them away from household chemicals, as well as perfume, make-up and hairspray. Along with Moonstone and Alexandrite, Pearl is also a birthstone of June.